Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

Interviewee

Ruth Lebowitz

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Interviewer

Klein, Ellen Wilson

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2010-06-30

Publication Date

1-24-2011

Abstract

Oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Ruth Lebowitz. Lebowitz was born in 1933 in Breslau, Germany, now Wroclaw, Poland. Shortly after her mother's death in 1937, her father was informed that his name was on the Gestapo's wanted list. Obtaining false papers, he went to the United States and then started making arrangements to get the rest of his family out of the country. Lebowitz and her siblings spent several months at a ski camp in Switzerland, then stayed with their great-aunt in Breslau until their visas were approved. They left in late summer 1939, one week before the invasion of Poland; their ship was the last to leave Germany. In this interview, Lebowitz describes her adaptation to life in the United States and the way her family was regarded as enemy aliens. She also recounts some of her sister's stories about going to school in Breslau amid anti-Semitic persecutions. Lebowitz is a volunteer at the Florida Holocaust Museum, something she feels an obligation to do in memory of those who perished.

Keywords

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives, Jewish children in the Holocaust--Germany, Holocaust survivors--Florida, Holocaust survivors--Interviews, Genocide, Crimes against humanity

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1 sound file (30 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;

Subject: topical

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives; Jewish children in the Holocaust--Germany; Holocaust survivors--Florida; Holocaust survivors--Interviews; Genocide; Crimes against humanity

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories; Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Holocaust survivors oral history project

Identifier

F60-00031

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